Skid Row: The Atlantic Years (1989-1996) album review

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New Jersey’s Skid Row exploded into public in January 1989 with the release of the signature song Young people have gone wild. The single barely ranks, but the eponymous album that spawned it will sell over six million copies worldwide.

The backstory of the fairy tale? Skid Row founding guitarist Dave Sabo had been friends with Jon Bon Jovi since childhood, when the couple vowed that the first to find success with their band would help the other to do the same. .

As a result, barely two years after its formation, Skid Row had management with the Doc McGhee team, a recording contract with Atlantic Records, and was the opening act for Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Aerosmith – then in the lead. poster of the arenas themselves. It was more than a good relationship, of course. Sabo’s energetic band had hit Paydirt with livewire frontman Sebastian Bach.

Although it contains consecutive Billboard Top 10 hits in powerful ballads 18 and life and I remember you, Skid Row (9/10) was produced by heavy metal specialist Michael Wagener so often sounded like Judas Priest of the mid-1980s (notably Big guns, midnight tornado).

In 1991, Jesu quicksands and in A dark room apart, second album Grinding slave (8/10) ignored trading options and became even heavier – an approach characterized by Get the Fuck Out and Anti riot law, which today looks like Appetite for destruction exits.

Really the first two albums are all you need here, but the 1992 five song EP Face B ourselves (6/10) is a fun, if faithful, set of covers. These are the Ramones Psychotherapy, Hendrix Small wing (curiously advanced in running order, whereas the original had it last), Kiss tune Come and love me, a live version of Priest’s Deliver the goods (with Rob Halford) and Rush’s debut thrasher album What are you doing.

Come on the third album, Subhuman Race (4/10) – released in 1995 after a hiatus to avoid the grunge tsunami – the bubble had burst and Atlantic’s fifth and final release, the seven-song live EP Sub-human beings on tour (5/10) was originally reserved for Japan.

Subsequently, in 1996, the band grew tired of a singer seemingly unable to avoid biting hornet nests on stage and in interviews, so ended the fairy tale by replacing him. Now … go back to the first two albums, listen and repeat.


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